Archive for November 2010

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

by Joy Donovan on November 15, 2010

A star was born…on the stage of Colleyville Elementary School.

Yes, that is where Kate Bristol got her start as Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz.” Now? Well, she would be playing that same role in the national touring company of the musical. (

She was a 2008 graduate of Grapevine High School and currently is a junior honors student at Pace University in New York. Her parents are Tracy and David Bristol of Colleyville.

Kate’s in rehearsals now, and her first stop will be Nov. 23 and 24 in Erie, PA. It looks like her closest performance will be in St. Louis, and she will continue being both a full-time student and touring with the musical through April, 2011.

Even though the touring company’s calendar doesn’t have her on stage anywhere close to Dallas-Fort Worth, we’re sure she already knows there’s no place like home.

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TSA Pat Down? Oh Please!

by Larre Green on

First of all, I have to admit I am not the best flyer.

I know it is still the safest way to travel and actually will do so, but I am one of those flyers who is thrilled that we are taking every possible action necessary to keep the friendly sky’s safe.  So when I hear people gripe about having to stand in front of a body scanner or receive a pat down, I wonder where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? 

Personally, I think some of these people have become spoiled.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that there are lots and lots of people who could care less about being scanned or getting patted down all in the name of better security.  But when I hear statements like “I don’t understand how a sexual assault be made a condition of my flying” or concerns over a TSA agent looking at a body scan and seeing his or her naked body, I think someone is being a bit stupid.  I recently heard one guy make the remark that if they touched his “junk” he was going to have them arrested.  Come on, do you think your “junk” is truly that special? 

I really don’t see the big concern.  Clearly, I am not thrilled at having a full body x-ray exposed to some stranger in another room, but we are not talking a centerfold photo here (I would defiantly have to have that one airbrushed).  Keep in mind the hundreds of thousands of people that go through this scan or even the procedure of being patted down. Does anyone truly believe that the people in the next room really care that much about what you look like?  Don’t flatter yourself!  You are just another body going through the conveyer belt of people.   To me, it is a small price to pay to know that not only I, but also my family and friends are going to arrive at their destinations safely. 

Now there is some big movement to have people protest the whole body scan and pat down.  I think these people need more to do with their time.

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by Joy Donovan on November 14, 2010

Date: 2010-12-25

Location: Home

Description: Have yourself a merry little one, won\’t you?

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Fifth Annual Celebrity Chefs Benefit

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2011-01-16

Location: Hilton Hotel Southlake Town Square

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Mid-Cities Supporters of the Shelter will present celebrity chefs\’ cuisine, wine tastings and live auction. $125 per person to benefit SafeHaven.

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Eat a Taco, Help Feed Others

by Joy Donovan on November 13, 2010

This week is the week of the taco.

Eating a taco will help fight hunger, too. That’s the idea behind Fort Worth Taco Week, Sunday through Thursday, a United Way-sponsored fundraiser planned and implemented by students in Texas Christian University’s performance marketing class.

Ordering tacos at participating Fort Worth restaurants on designated days will result in 25 cents per taco being donated to help with local hunger relief.

Participating restaurants include:

Sunday: Los Vaqueros in the Stockyards

Monday: Red Cactus and Yucatan Taco Stand

Tuesday: Chimy’s Cerveceria on Seventh Street

Wednesday: Old Rip’s Tex-Mex Restaurant and Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant

Thursday: Salsa Limon on Berry Street

For more information, check, on Facebook (search Fort-Worth-Taco-Week) and Twitter (@FWTacoWeek).

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Authors to Appear at TCU Bookstore

by Joy Donovan on November 8, 2010

Authors from Grace & Gumption: The Cookbook will be available to sign the new book from TCU Press from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes and Noble at University Park Village.
The book, penned by 14 local female authors, is sure to please history lovers, Fort Worth fans and gourmet enthusiasts. It combines the history of Fort Worth’s most innovative women with their recipes.
While many America women remained working within their homes during the 19th and 20th centuries, Grace & Gumption: The Cookbook, reveals women who set aside convention and worked for charity and for profit. The book provides a window into life in Fort Worth, offering recipes both practical and entertaining.
The book, edited by Katie Sherrod, sells for $19.95. Topics range from frontier women to artists to barrio cooks. Contributing authors include:
• Judy Alter
• Joy Donovan
• Sandra Guerra-Cline
• Jan Jones
• Ruth Karbach
• Brenda Taylor Matthews
• Ruth McAdams
• Sherrie S. McLeRoy
• Carol Roark
• Brenda Sanders-Wise
• Cindy C. Smolovik
• Hollace Ava Weiner
• Joyce Williams
For more information on the signing, call the TCU Bookstore at 817-257-7844.

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Winning Isn’t Always Everything!

by Larre Green on

 I had the opportunity to be at the Ballpark in Arlington for the final game of the World Series and wow, was it worth it. 

 Not being a huge sports person, I just wanted to be a part of a historic moment.  Well, forget historic moment; it was a blast! 

How did I get tickets?  I would love to say that I had some fantastic connection, but that was not the case.  My original thought was to go to the Ballpark in Arlington that day and just see if someone was selling tickets.  That was until that morning when I saw a story on the news about the counterfeit tickets being sold. Evidently some people had lost their money thinking they were purchasing official tickets to only find out they were fake when they tried to gain entry.  Let me just say, that is something that would happen to me!

 Instead, I went to, a website that was recommended by a friend and waited until the last minute to purchase tickets.  Not only was I able to purchase a seat, I was able to purchase an amazing seat at a fairly reasonable price. .. no, not face value but not too far over it. 

 Unfortunately, the Rangers didn’t win but really, just the fact that they were there gains my standing ovation. Tell about why it was so great—the crowd? Nolan Ryan?  What an evening!  What a game!  What an experience!   One I won’t soon forget.

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Colleyville Woman\’s Club Holiday Home Tour

by Joy Donovan on November 7, 2010

Date: 2010-12-05

Location: Colleyville area homes

Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Area homes on tour for public viewing.

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Breakfast with Santa

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2010-12-04

Location: Colleyville Center

Start Time: 7:00 am
End Time: 11:00 am

Description: Colleyville Lions Club\’s 15th Annual pancake breakfast. Call 817-300-0881.

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Miss Brandon to Wed Mr. Chase Torres

by Joy Donovan on November 5, 2010

Katharine Joy Brandon and Chase Knoll Torres will wed Dec. 18 in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Mike Lewis Photography.

Daniel G. and Joy Donovan Brandon of Colleyville announce with pleasure the engagement of their daughter, Katharine Joy, to Mr. Chase Knoll Torres, son of Martha Knoll of Alexandria, LA.

The bride-elect graduated with a sociology degree from The University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She recently received a bachelor of science in nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and now works as a registered nurse.

The groom-to-be received a sociology degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he played football, and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology.

A Dec. 18th wedding is planned at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

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